The Story of Joseph (Part II)
Bible Text: Genesis 39:1-40:14 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Series: The Story of Joseph
Genesis 39:1: Joseph is reduced to mere property and sold to the head of Pharaoh’s Security Force in Egypt as his personal slave. This was forbidden later on under the law (Leviticus 25:38-43).
Genesis 39:2-4: No matter how deep a valley we are in, God is always with us (Psalm 23:4). Joseph was blessed of God even in his slavery (Genesis 12:2-3)
Genesis 39:6: Joseph rose to a high position of ultimate trust. Potiphar clearly saw in Joseph a young man of high moral integrity.
Genesis 39:7-10: Potiphar’s wife wanted Joseph to have an affair with her. She kept making advances but Joseph rightly refused (Proverbs 6:25-26).
Genesis 39:11-12: She practically attacks him and he flees (II Timothy 2:22).
Genesis 39:13-17: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She is a mad as she can be and she will destroy this impudent uppity slave.
Genesis 39:19-20: Joseph, though innocent is imprisoned. But even in prison God is with Joseph (Psalm 139:7-12).
Genesis 39:22-23: God blesses Joseph even in prison.
Genesis 40:1-3: Pharoah’s butler and his baker make him very angry and they get sent to prison where Joseph is in charge of their needs. This opens up the door for a relationship between them.
Genesis 40:6-7: Joseph notices the butler and baker are sad and he feels bad for them.
Genesis 40:8-14: They dreamed a dream and Joseph interprets it for them. The butler that Joseph showed such kindness and concern for, forgets all about him when he is no longer useful (Proverbs 19:6). Joseph’s situation again seems hopeless.